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Ryan, Pierre-Paul, Baldwin win NFC player of the week honors

Doug Baldwin, Ben Obomanu, Roderick Hood AP

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul and Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin were named the NFC’s players of the week for Week 14.

Ryan won the offensive player of the week award after his phenomenal second-half effort led the Falcons to a come-from-behind win at Carolina. The Falcons trailed 23-7 at halftime, but in the third and fourth quarters Ryan threw for 232 yards and three touchdowns, and the Falcons won 31-23. This is Ryan’s second career player of the week award; he previously won it in 2008.

Pierre-Paul was named defensive player of the week after he had eight tackles, two sacks, a safety, a forced fumble and a blocked field goal in the Giants’ 37-34 victory over the Cowboys. His safety gave the Giants a 2-0 lead, his forced fumble set up a field goal that gave the Giants a 15-14 lead, and his blocked field goal as time expired kept the game from going into overtime. Basically, without Pierre-Paul’s performance, the Giants don’t win that game and almost certainly don’t reach the playoffs.

Baldwin blocked a punt to set up a touchdown, returned a kickoff 37 yards and downed a punt at the six-yard line to lead the Seahawks to a win over the Rams, and he was an obvious choice for special teams player of the week. An undrafted rookie out of Stanford, Baldwin is also leading the Seahawks in both catches (45) and receiving yards (718). NFL scouts knew all about the quarterback who was passing to Baldwin at Stanford, Andrew Luck, but they seriously missed on Baldwin.

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13 Responses to “Ryan, Pierre-Paul, Baldwin win NFC player of the week honors”
  1. qtownchawk says: Dec 14, 2011 2:43 PM

    atta boy doug! that guy has been a third down coversion machine all year. he deserves this , he lit it up vs st. louis. go hawks!

  2. Soulman45 says: Dec 14, 2011 2:44 PM

    Frist to say
    He played a good game.

  3. zaggs says: Dec 14, 2011 2:49 PM

    And JPP has only been playing football for about 6 years. Damn.

  4. dempsey63 says: Dec 14, 2011 2:59 PM

    “Pierre-Paul was named defensive player of the week after he had eight tackles, two sacks, a safety, a forced fumble and a blocked field goal in the Giants’ 37-34 victory over the Cowboys.”

    And that’s probably just the appetizer for what this young man will bring to the table in future years…

  5. Lennox says: Dec 14, 2011 3:14 PM

    Doug Baldwin is worth every penny. The guy does it all and somehow went undrafted.

  6. The Commish says: Dec 14, 2011 3:15 PM

    JPP will be the NFL’s top defensive player for most of the next decade.

  7. stro210 says: Dec 14, 2011 3:22 PM

    Can anyone tell me why JPP isn’t on the Pro Bowl ballot? Both him and Victor Cruz? What a joke..

  8. djstat says: Dec 14, 2011 3:24 PM

    j P p

  9. nesportsfan0428 says: Dec 14, 2011 3:32 PM

    “Pierre-Paul was named defensive player of the week after he had eight tackles, two sacks, a safety, a forced fumble and a blocked field goal”

    All thats missing is JPP getting a partridge in a pear tree. What an impressive performance.

  10. jackntorres says: Dec 14, 2011 3:35 PM

    Meanwhile Courtney Roby had 5 tackles shutting down last year’s AFC ProBowl return man.

  11. seahawks4alltime says: Dec 14, 2011 3:54 PM

    Every store that sells team jerseys in the pacific northwest runs out of Baldwin jerseys the day they get some in stock. The guy is amazing and fans are taking note. Well done Doug Baldwin! Well done.

  12. ljtola says: Dec 14, 2011 4:29 PM

    stro210 says:
    Dec 14, 2011 3:22 PM
    Can anyone tell me why JPP isn’t on the Pro Bowl ballot? Both him and Victor Cruz? What a joke..
    ______________________

    Because they aren’t starters. Not a good system at all.

  13. @dieselpokers says: Dec 15, 2011 1:48 AM

    #elimanning2minute drill
    #letsgoGMEN
    #BEATWASHINGTON

    Nice post! :)

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